Back in 1998, I never would have imagined that my awful sugar addiction and huge carbohydrate habit would lead me on an exciting adventure to become The Sweet Freedom Coach and author of two bestselling books, Sugar Shock and Beyond Sugar Shock, both of which were inspired by my former legal “drug” of choice.
In fact, my unexpected transition from brain-fogged, wiped-out, sugar-addicted journalist to motivational speaker, Sweet Freedom Coach, certified health coach, certified life coach, and organic-foods fan came about because I hit rock bottom in spring 1998.
Much of the time, I was pummeled by a whopping 44 ailments, including scary heart palpitations, crushing fatigue, unpredictable mood swings, severe PMS, and sobbing spells. What’s more, although I wasn’t overweight, I just couldn’t get enough of red licorice, hard candies and little, refined crackers, “fixes” I desperately needed to meet my many deadlines.
Discouraged, I found yet another doctor, one of many I’d seen over the years. After quizzing me about my sugar and carb consumption, my new M.D. quickly diagnosed severe reactive hypoglycemia.
“Quit eating sugar and refined carbohydrates. Or you’ll die young.”
Annoyed and defiant but also downright desperate to feel better, I took his advice and quit quickie carbs on April 15, 1998.
With weeks, every single one of my ailments vanished. Reborn, excited and energized, I became determined to discover The Sour Scoop about Sweets.
At the same time, I began to create easy, effortless tools to quit. Soon, people wanted to know my kick-sugar secrets and by 2001, I was coaching, guiding, and inspiring thousands of people worldwide.
By late 2006, my first book, Sugar Shock: How Sweets and Simple Carbs Can Derail Your Life–And How You Can Get Back on Track, was published (Berkley Books). Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra was contributing author, Dr. Nicholas Perricone wrote the foreword, and many experts such as Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Mark Hyman, and actress/author Marilu Henner praised it.
Then, in June 2012, after a decade-plus of helping sugar addicts and hosting my Sugar Freedom Course, my book, Beyond Sugar Shock: The 6-Week Plan to Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction & Get Slimmer, Sexier & Sweeter (Hay House) quickly became an international bestseller.
Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Daniel Amen, Bernie Siegel and many of my other heroes endorsed it.
Nowadays, I view my previous sugar addiction with humor, and in coaching, I encourage other carb addicts to do likewise. Laughing at my “Sugar Shrew” past helped me to get distance and perspective on it.